Note from the Editor | Spring Whirlwind
April is generally a crazy, busy month for research administrators, whether because of processing research grants, attending professional development activities, or onboarding new employees. It is, therefore, quite fitting that this month’s Catalyst reflects these same themes.
In light of the Great Resignation, our spotlight feature from the “Research Administration Careers” series clearly hits the mark. In this Part 2 article Heather Brown and Mark Lucas discuss the ins and out of Onboarding. In terms of professional development, the myriad of SRAI educational activities underway, such as Spring Section Meetings, SRA Intensives, and Coffee Talks, literally pop up throughout this issue -- from Debra Schaller-Demers’ View from the Top to the SRAI News. The fact that many of these opportunities are in-person is a welcome bonus.
If that’s not enough, check out Part 2 of Yolande Hall and Kimberly Pratt’s series on Design Thinking. Other innovative contributions are Aynoka Bender’s discussion of common pitfalls in clinical research and Amy Raubenolt’s approach for supporting graduate students to apply for Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowships (F31).
And of course, don’t miss our regular columns and contributions, especially “What I Wish I Knew When I Started in Research Administration.”
So, while we may be busy, research administrators are making time for thoughtful reflection, innovation, and engagement! Dig in and enjoy!
Authored by Terry Campbell, Assistant Vice President, Research Services
University of Ottawa
SRAI Catalyst Co-editor